A HAMMERSMITH table dancing club has been told to cut its operating hours after a string of complaints by irate neighbours.
Secrets in Glenthorne Road, the only venue in the borough to provide erotic entertainment, had wanted to retain its existing hours when it made its annual licence reapplication but was forced to accept a reduction.
Having previously opened at 10am on Monday to Saturday and noon on Sundays, it must now wait until 6pm to start trading on all days. Its closing hours will remain 4am Monday-Saturdays and midnight on Sundays.
The decision by the licencing committee, made on Friday last week, follows a string of complaints by neighbours about noise and disorder outside the club at closing time, while they were also unhappy about daytime trading in view of the proximity of nearby schools.
The Hammersmith Society said the community ‘shouldn’t have to tolerate a table-dancing club (and its clientele) during the day and on a Sunday’ and said its presence in Glenthorne Road is ‘under sufferance’.
Other neighbours told of fights and people vomiting in the street. One said in an objection letter: “There is loud shouting and laughing from clients leaving the club between 2.30am-4am and at weekends, as well as higher noise levels, it is not uncommon for fights to break out. In the mornings I have to pick my way through broken glass and vomit.”
Other neighbours said the area was getting more and more residential, highlighting a new block of 70 flats nearby, and said Secrets was ‘inappropriate’ in the district, while another said clients regularly cause traffic blockages.
"To be fair, the club makes a great effort to try to persuade its clients to be discreet and orderly but the influence of door staff does not, and cannot be expected to, extend far beyond their own front door," another said.
Last year Secrets, which has been open for 15 years and has branches across London, had 31 conditions slapped on its licence and now has to pay an annual operating fee of £17,000 after stricter laws were passed.